Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids. It is primarily done to correct drooping upper eyelids or hooded eye bags below your eyes. The procedure also helps improve vision obscured by drooping eyelids and addresses other health issues.
Here are five common issues eyelid surgery addresses and why you should consider one.
Five issues that eyelid surgery helps treat
If you are struggling with any of the following issues, you could be an ideal candidate for a blepharoplasty done at Jefferson Facial Plastics:
- Puffiness in upper eyelids
- Puffy or hooded bags under the eyes
- Excess skin that hides natural folds in the upper eyelid
- Extra skin and fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids
- Draping skin that obscures or blocks your vision
How is eyelid surgery performed?
Blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure done in an outpatient setting. Before the procedure, the medical team at Jefferson Facial Plastics might administer anesthetic injections into the eyelids to numb them and drugs via an IV to help reduce discomfort. The following is a summary of how the procedure is done based on the target area:
- Upper eyelids: During the procedure, Dr. Heffelfinger makes cuts along the fold of the eyelid and removes or repositions excess skin, muscle, and fat. The surgeon then closes the incisions with sutures or skin glue.
- Lower eyelid: Dr. Heffelfinger cuts just below the lashes in your eye’s lower lid or natural crease. The surgeon then gets rid of excess fat, muscle, and sagging before closing the cuts with sutures or skin glue. The sutures are removed after one week.
After the procedure, you will spend time in a recovery room under close monitoring from a medical team. Once it is determined there are no complications, you will be released to go home.
What are the side effects of a blepharoplasty?
After the surgery, expect to experience the following side effects:
- Double vision
- Watering eyes
- Slight pain and discomfort
- Swelling and bruising
- Puffy or numb eyelids
- Blurred vision
However, these side effects are temporary and will last for a few hours. To ease the discomfort, your doctor may advise using ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes each night. The doctor may also prescribe eye drops and ointments alongside pain relievers.
Get a Blepharoplasty at Jefferson Plastics
As we age, our eyelids stretch, resulting in excess skin and fat above and below the eyelids. This ultimately results in sagging eyebrows, bags under the eyes, and droopy upper lids. If droopy eyelids impact your appearance, eyelid surgery at Jefferson Plastics can be a perfect solution. Schedule a consultation online or call us at 215-503-FACE.